Warm weather brings high pollen count and problems for hay fever sufferers

A very high pollen count is forecast for the next few days
A very high pollen count is forecast for the next few days

There is a ‘very high’ pollen warning for the East of England and East Anglia for Thursday, Friday and Saturday according to Met Office forecasts.

Temperatures are due to raise to 20c by Saturday, but with the sunshine comes problems for hay fever sufferers.

One in five people in the UK suffer from hay fever, with different pollens setting off symptoms in individual sufferers.

Drinking alcohol can make your symptoms worse as it contains histamine, the chemical that sets off allergy symptoms in the body.

One in five people in the UK suffer from hay fever and 95 per cent of those sufferers are allergic to grass pollen rather than tree or weed pollen.

The pollen count season is normally March to August. However, it can start as early as January and end as late as November.

The pollen season separates into three main sections:

- Tree pollen – late March to mid-May.

- Grass pollen – mid-May to July.

- Weed pollen – end of June to September